Public shows strong support for area partnership’s work

Luthais McCash, who has been elected as the partnership's new chairman.
Luthais McCash, who has been elected as the partnership's new chairman.

Forfar and Area Partnership attracted strong community support at its Special General meeting, held recently in the East and Old Church.

The meeting had been called to bring new blood in to the group and around 20 people attended to find out more about the partnership’s work.

Discussion ranged across topics as diverse as ideas for future projects, including opportunities around the Commonwealth Games and improvements to sporting facilities, and increased promotion of Forfar’s existing groups and facilities.

Luthais McCash also takes up the reins as the parntership’s new chairman, after being elected to the post at the meeting.

The partnership has had a significant impact in Forfar in recent years through events, activities and campaigns which were highlighted at the meeting. These including the establishment of the Friday Night Project for young people; organising musical tuition through the BandSlam project, which raised over £14,000 for equipment and instruments; Forfar Gala Week; promotion of the annual Tartan Week activities and the development of Forfar Fairtrade Forum, which gained Fairtrade status for the town last year which was renewed successfully a few weeks ago.

Since 2010 the partnership has also been involved in 13 separate consultation and engagement exercises covering a variety of local and national issues, from playparks to police reform and the new Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.

The group’s next meeting will be on Monday, August 26 at 7pm in Voluntary Action Angus, St James’ Road and anyone interested in its work and aims is welcome to attend. Further information is available by contacting Luthais at luthaismccash@gmx.de or Lee Haxton on 01307 474788 or haxtonl@angus.gov.uk.